- The definition of aegis means protection, sponsorship or direction.
- An example of aegis is a foster child being under the care of a child welfare agency; he is “under the aegis” of the child welfare agency.
- An example of aegis is a marathon being sponsored by a major organization.
- An example of aegis is a play being led by a director.
- Gr. Myth. a shield borne by Zeus and, later, by his daughter Athena and occasionally by Apollo
- a protection
- sponsorship; auspices
Origin of aegisClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek aigis, shield of Zeus, goatskin ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps aix (gen. aigos), goat, hence uncertain or unknown; perhaps origin, originally the short goatskin cloak of Zeus
- Protection: a child whose welfare is now under the aegis of the courts.
- Sponsorship; patronage: a concert held under the aegis of the parents' association.
- Guidance, direction, or control: “the Mamelukes, the warrior caste that ruled Egypt under the distant aegis of the Turkish sultan” (David A. Bell).
- Greek Mythology The goatskin shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena. Athena's shield carried at its center the head of Medusa.
Origin of aegisLatin, from Greek aigis, goatskin, skin shield, aegis, from aix, aig-, goat.
(plural aegises or aegides)
- A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
- Protection, guidance. Usually used as ‘under the aegis’ because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
From Latin aegis, from Ancient Greek αἰγίς (aigis, “goatskin”, “shield of Athena”), from αἴξ (aix, “goat”).